October 11, 2012

Caramel Almond Sticky Buns

I've reached 100 followers!! I can't believe it!! Wow, I never dreamed it would happen this fast. Thank you to each and every one of you, I appreciate you SO MUCH!! Your reading and your comments make this so very, very worth it. I love this blog, and I love all of you, and I hope to be around for years and YEARS!!

In honor of this milestone, I am, of course, doing my first giveaway!! All I really have to offer is my treats, so I will be sending one dear lucky friend a box of home-made goodies. Something that will travel well, of course, so no layer cakes or anything!! Just leave me a little comment telling me which recipe (or post) made you decide to hit the "follow" button on my little page of treats :) and I'll have a random drawing. This includes my international readers too!

And here, after multiple recipe tries and fails, after deciding I would never try again, (more than once) I present my new favorite cinnamon roll/sticky bun recipe. It's decadently fabulous. You'll LOVE them :) The original was from my first ever food-magazine-impulse-buy, the Taste of Home Fall Baking magazine. The cranberry swirl bread on the front said "Bake Me! NOW!!" Holy jeepers, there are some amazing recipes in there!! I will be using many of them. 

Caramel Almond Sticky Buns (inspired by Taste of Home: Fall Baking)
Printable Recipe

1 pckge (2 1/2 tsp) active dry yeast
1 cup plus 2 Tb warm water
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tb butter, melted
2 Tb powdered milk
1 tsp salt
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, cut into chunks
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tb golden syrup (can sub light corn syrup)
2 Tb honey
2 Tb Greek yogurt (can sub sour cream)
1/4 cup sliced almonds (you could use walnuts, peanuts, or pecans too! Almonds are our favorite)

3 Tb butter, melted
1/2 cup sliced almonds (optional)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice

Dissolve yeast in water in a large bowl. Whisk in sugar, butter, powdered milk, salt, and 2 cups of flour- stir briskly till smooth (or beat in mixer). Stir in the rest of the flour, enough to form a soft, slightly sticky dough.

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes, sprinkling with a bit of flour at a time if it gets too sticky. Butter/spray with cooking spray the large bowl you mixed the dough in. (you don't have to clean it) Move kneaded dough to this bowl, then butter/spray the top of the dough.
Cover with a clean towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in sugar, syrup, honey, and yogurt. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved. Pour into a 9 x 13 baking dish, sprinkle with almonds.
Punch dough down. Turn out onto floured work space. Roll into a 16 by 12 inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Stir sugar and spices together in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over dough. Sprinkle additional almonds over if desired.
Roll up like a jelly-roll, starting on the long side. Pinch the seam together. Cut into 12 slices, place them cut side down in the caramel.

Cover and let rise another 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for a few minutes, then invert onto a serving platter. (Or remove with a flat spatula, invert onto plates, and scoop caramel out to drizzle over the tops)

Yeah, twelve may have been a bit much for the 4 of us... 5 of them went to work with Stephen to get them away from me us!
 The caramel is insane. It clings, and sticks, and unlike most caramel sauces I've ever made, actually cools into chewy, sticky, smooth caramel, instead of grainy-brown-sugary caramel!!
 Aren't they pretty and perfect?! You could add WAY more nuts, but we have one non-nut lover in the family, so had to tone it down. The kneading is so essential, it makes a soft, light, fluffy, toothsome bun that is truly the best I've ever had.
 Warm spices, gooey golden caramel, what could possibly make this better? Drizzling it with a bit of cream!! These English food blogs have ruined me, I drizzle cream on everything these days.
The perfect, creamy, fluffy, glorious, sticky bun bite. Absolute Yum.

Thank you again, SO much, for reading!!

Shared at Foodie Friends Friday


  1. Dear April,
    I really love all your recipes. I star them in my google reader so I can come back to them later. I'm fairly new to the blogosphere and really hopped on the fun at the beginning of August. Its great to get to know all these wonderful writers. I'm inspired every day. Esther Norine Designs

  2. Hmmm... I think I signed on permanently on June 21st, just after reading your Lemon-Blueberry Muffin recipe post. It's always been more about the Sunshine you bring into the world than the yummy-licious treats you create... though somehow, they both go hand in hand :)

  3. um... the shot of the rolls --pre-inversion-- Kate is my witness. I gasped "ohmigosh those are PERFECT looking". How did you DO that?
    I don't count. I'm your mom. I signed on a little later, cause I didn't know how to "follow". I don't want any of your stinkin goodies... I gain five pounds just because the leaves turn color! :-0 However, if I was the winner, I'd select Ti as my proxy. :-D

    1. Seriously?? It's the dough. I've never ever made them this perfect before. That dough is fabulous.

  4. p.s. ... It really is times for something green... or at least non sugary... ;-)

  5. Congrats on 100 followers! These look INCREDIBLE. In fact, I could go for one right now.

  6. You're sticky rolls look absolutely irresistible! I just came by from Foodie Friends Friday. I am also now following. Please do visit soon. Blessings, Catherine

  7. Wow! I'm so craving these right now! I will definitely be trying these. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

  8. OK, so the reason I followed was because we were paired up for that program we signed up for... but I'm so glad we did because I *adore* you and your blog and all of the amazing recipes you post. :) Especially this one, oh my goodness, just looks so decadent and delightful. If you needed a second name for your blog, that would be it "Decadent and Delightful." :-P

  9. Congratulations on 100 followers! That is awesome. I know I found you through Foodie Friday with Walking on Sunshine. I followed you soon after that.

  10. April, put the kettle on! I'll be right over!! Those look seriously YUM! I am really lazy when it comes to making yeast dough anything. Those look fabulous though and I could be tempted to give my my lazy ways! Congrats on the 100 followers. I predict it won't be long before you by pass that by a whole lot more!!! You wait. You will see I am right. You GO girl! Love you! xxoo

  11. Dear April, I will love your sticky buns recipe. I am from Minneapolis and I use to go to Byerly's to get their almond sticky buns that I believe were made with something like a puff pastry or a couissant like dough. I loved them and have never found a recipe that I thought even resembled the ones I enjoyed at Byerly's. Yours is as close to what I think they were as possible. Thank you so much.

    1. I'm so glad you liked them! You're so very welcome :) Thank you for telling me, you made me smile!

  12. I love your blog because you are so positive! I love to cook and bake, and on America's Test Kitchen radio they mentioned the French Apple Cake, and I googled it to see what others thought of it. Your blog came up and I love your infectious positive spirit. I tend to be a worrywart and more of a pessimist, so i thought it would be great to read your blog to see how a most positive/optimistic person thinks :). And, I love reading cooking blogs in general, especially about dessert or breads!

    1. Awww, thank you so much Sonya!! I'm so glad you're "here", I love making new blogging friends! Baking is definitely my thing, but I try to throw some real food in here from time to time too. Nice to meet you!


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